Costa Rica also has 108 excellent surfing spots in the country which combined with the unsoiled landscapes and fantastic weather makes it a prime destination for surfing.
There are also certain spots in the country that cater to the organic, free living lifestyle that surfing is part of. No wonder why so many people visit Costa Rica once and never leave!
And when it comes to surfing, surfers from all over the world come and enjoy the waves from the land of pura vida and fall absolutely in love.
Vista Guapa Surf Camp in Playa Jaco
Yeison and I have been wanting to go to a surf camp, after trying our hand at surfing on our own and finding it to be close to disastrous. We needed someone to teach us the correct way and during our time in Playa Jaco Costa Rica, we were given the incredible fortune of staying at Vista Guapa Surf Camp located up in the quiet hills in the outskirts of Jaco.
Anybody can sign up with them and catch a wave or two. But if you’re looking for a richer experience and want to engulf yourself in the surfing world, you need a place where you can hit the waves early in the morning with people of similar desires and mindsets.
A Camp with Everything You Need and More
Vista Guapa Surf Camp is about a 3 minute drive outside of downtown Jaco. All the rooms have a beautiful view of the beach but you are not in the middle of town.
Their quiet little property consists of a main house, a pool, yoga decks, hammocks everywhere and 6 bungalows, all stacked up on the hill, all perfect ingredients for an experience like no other. They offer packages for surfing, yoga, paddle surfing and mountain biking.
We stayed 3 days to learn how to surf as the perfect end to our Jaco trip. We knew we couldn’t leave without standing up on a board first!
You can’t find a more peaceful and lovely place in all of Jaco and we were excited to hit the waves!
Surfing at Playa Hermosa
In the morning, our instructor showed us proper paddling and pop up technique which we practiced a few times before heading to the beach.
He helped me get past the impact zone since I can’t paddle very well and got me ready to catch my first wave. As soon as he saw the perfect one coming, he pushed me and I was able to stand up on the first one!
Yeison did just as well, standing up on his third try and standing up every single time the next morning at Jaco! After I caught my first wave at Hermosa, I had to rest since I’m not a strong enough paddler.
After a good surf session, all you want to do is relax the rest of the day. And Vista Guapa Surf Camp’s property is perfect for that with the hammocks, yoga deck and beautiful views.
Surfing is like any other sport – you exercise but have fun at the same time and afterwards, there isn’t a better feeling in the world. Being able to ride out on the waves, sitting there as the power of the ocean surrounds you, it’s just a thrilling yet peaceful feeling that is unique unto it’s own.
I highly recommend joining a surf camp if you’re really interested in perfecting your pop up technique and improving your surf skills. Jaco is an excellent place for both beginners and intermediates since Playa Hermosa is nearby for the more advanced surfers. Additionally, there are a ton of other fun activities in the area if you want a break from surfing. Vista Guapa Surf Camp can take you ziplining, stand up paddle boarding, sailing and more.
The three days we spent at Vista Guapa Surf Camp were fantastic. Not only were the bungalows and the views beautiful and peaceful, we were surrounded by great people in a very harmonious atmosphere. What more could you ask for from a surf camp?
More fun activities to do in Playa Jaco
Looking for a surf camp in a less touristic area? Check out Surf Expedition Costa Rica, their camp is based in Pavones, a very remote part of Costa Rica.